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VMFA on the Road Artmobile at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

September 11 - September 15

Event:  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on the Road Artmobile at the Museum!

About: The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is bringing traveling art exhibitions and educational offerings to audiences across the state with VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st century! This state-of-the-art mobile museum and education studio will be at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and open to school groups, drop-in visitors, and Bristol Rhythm festivalgoers for several days in September.

Dates: Wednesday, September 11–Sunday, September 15, 2024

Wednesday, September 11–Thursday, September 12 (for school visits and drop-in visitors)

Friday, September 13–Sunday, September 15 (for drop-in visitors and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festivalgoers)

Location: Parked in Cumberland Square Park parking lot (directly across from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum)

Exhibit Description: This year’s VMFA on the Road exhibition – Love, Laughter, Tears: An Artist’s Guide to Emotions – examines the complex relationship between art and emotion across various cultures and time periods. Despite their different backgrounds, the wide range of artists and cultures showcased demonstrate the unifying nature of human emotion.

Emotion and expression have always been integral to the creative process of art making. Artists convey emotions through their use of color, shapes, symbolism, and text. Artworks can reflect personal emotions or the wider mood of a culture or historical period, shedding light on significant events and their impact on people. The power of art lies in its ability to communicate these feelings and messages, fostering conversations and understanding among viewers and communities.

In the aftermath of the Covid-19 lockdown and amid growing societal divisions, emotions, empathy, and self-reflection hold great significance. We invite you to consider the emotions you experience throughout the exhibition. How does the artwork influence your emotional state? What can you learn about your reactions? Engaging with these emotions can lead to a deeper understanding of oneself and others, promoting dialogue and connection.

Family Visit Guide: A Family Visit Guide is available online, and paper copies will be available at the Artmobile for visitors to use and take with them.

Three artworks: Left: A impressionistic interior scenes showing a table with flowers in a vase, a small table with an open book, and a telephone in front of a window looking out over water. Pastel jewel-like colors have been used Center: A loosely drawn/painted Siamese cat on a red background. Right: Two people embracing/kissing painted in an expressionistic style of bold lines and colors.

COVID Protocols: The VMFA on the Road Artmobile is following these protocols:

*Not requiring visitors to wear masks on the artmobile

*Have a maximum of 15-20 persons on board at the same time

*There’s no time limit on general visits

*30-minute school tour group visits

*Hand sanitizer will be available



Drop-in visitors can view the Artmobile for free on Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12, 2024 at times when school groups are not booked, see below (BOOKED and OPEN FOR DROP-IN VISITORS times will be marked as such).

Drop-ins are also welcome Friday, September 13–Sunday, September 15 (see open times below) because the Artmobile will be just outside the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival gates, but entry into the festival footprint requires a BRRR 2024 wristband. 

Take an art break! Bring your friends, family, kids, grandma, or whoever you know who would enjoy a wonderful art experience and drop-in on the VMFA on the Road Artmobile. This is a FREE opportunity!

The Artmobile will be closed Wednesday and Thursday 11:50am–12:50pm for lunch.

Two people in dark winter clothes stand in a narrow gallery looking at various artworks on the wall.

The VMFA on the Road team gives a warm welcome to the new and improved Artmobile. Inside is the exciting new exhibiton, Love, Laughter, Tears: An Artist’s Guide to Emotions. The exhibition includes works from the museum’s permanent collection and the first video installation in an artmobile exhibition: “First Landings,” which was created by Ethan Brown (Pamunkey) and Federico Cuatlacuatl (Nahua, born in Coapan, Cholula, Mexico), and recently debuted to critical acclaim at the Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival at VMFA. Photo by Sandra Sellars © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


School Information

School groups can visit the Artmobile on Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12, 2024. This is a FREE visit!

The VMFA on the Road Artmobile will be open to middle school, high school, and college groups on September 11–12, 2024. A field trip to the Artmobile exposes students to multiple art mediums and concepts using visual thinking, sketching, and writing. Admission is free to the Artmobile.

Several time slots are available for school group visits, and schools can book multiple/consecutive time slots if needed (please get in touch if you need another time than the ones shown below, e.g. later in the day):





11:50–12:50pm CLOSED FOR LUNCH






4:30–5:00pm BOOKED




11:20–11:50am BOOKED

11:50am–12:50pm CLOSED FOR LUNCH






Educators can pick from a variety of learning activities for their student visit. You can access Artmobile educational resources HERE.

A tour of the Artmobile is a 30-minute experience. An optimum visit has 10–12 students (with one adult); larger groups will be divided into groups of 20 (with two adults). Teachers can also add a FREE guided tour of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s special exhibit Songwriter (also a 30-minute experience) to your visit to the Artmobile. This exhibit is a wonderful companion to the Artmobile experience, giving students and teachers the chance to learn about the artists who have written the soundtrack of country music. If you would like to also book a tour of the museum’s permanent exhibits, our usual student group admission applies.

For further information about a VMFA on the Road Artmobile experience for your students and to book a tour, please contact Hollie Moodie at hmoodie@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org, providing the following information: Date of tour, preferred time of tour, name of school, teacher’s name, grade level, and size of group.

Bookings must be made by September 3, 2024.


Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Information

Festivalgoers can visit the Artmobile on Friday, September 13– Sunday, September 15, 2024

The VMFA on the Road Artmobile will be free and open to festivalgoers on September 13—15, 2024, just one more way to make your Bristol Rhythm experience even more special! A fun arts & crafts table will also be set up outside the Artmobile for anyone who needs a creativity break!

The Artmobile will be open at the following times:

Friday, September, 13: 1:00–7:00pm

Saturday, September 14: 9:00am–6:00pm (closed 1:00–2:00pm for lunch)

Sunday, September 15: 10:00am–5:00pm (closed 1:00–2:00pm for lunch)


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Birthplace of Country Music Museum
101 Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201 United States